Reviews:
Black Dynamite
The Book of Eli
Chloe
Clash of the Titans
The Crazies
Date Night
Duplicity
From Paris with Love
Get Him to the Greek
Ghosts of Girlfriends Past
Greenberg
Hot Tub Time Machine
I'm Still Here
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
Iron Man 2
The Kids Are All Right
Larry Crowne
Letters to Juliet
Love and Other Drugs
Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
The Road
Robin Hood
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
Shutter Island
A Single Man
Solitary Man
Super 8
Vantage Point
The Wolfman
Wanted
Youth in Revolt

SHUTTER ISLAND
FIRST 10 MINUTES
I'm not sure what I think of this one so far. It's definitely a gorgeous movie, every scene looks beautiful. It's also a bit of a departure in style for Martin Scorsese, which I can appreciate. It's just kinda hard to tell if it's gonna succeed or not.
Basically, it's a melodramatic throw-back to movies of the '40s and '50s, as if Marty is trying to channel his inner Alf Hitchcock. The filming, editing and acting are odd in an old-time way that is a definite homage to the films of decades past. Even the music is so dramatic and over-the-top and in your face that it's kinda cool, but it's also kinda comical.
It's great to see Jessica Tandy back in action as Leo's love interest!
I have to admit that I'm not very interested in the characters or story yet, but part of that is due to the fact that I'm trying to adjust to the style of it all. As far as the characters go, it just feels as though I'm watching Leonardo DiCaprio and Mark Ruffalo play dress-up and read their lines. Again, this is probably more attributable to the style Scorsese is going for, as opposed to any fault of Leo and Mark, who have proven that they both can act (although Leo's Boston accent seems a little hit and miss).
So will it succeed? I don't know yet, but I hope so. Because the fact of the matter is that as odd as it is so far, I actually like it. So I'm gonna keep watching and hope that I get enveloped by its story and style.
FOLLOW-UP
Hm. I don't know what to say, I guess. I kinda liked the movie cuz it really did look and feel cool, but ultimately, I kinda didn't really care about what happened to anybody. I mean, I still don't think it's bad, I just didn't love it. I'm actually planning on watching it again sometime, and maybe I'll like it more the second time around. But for now I'm gonna drop my rating down a notch.
FIRST 10 MINUTES
Suspense films are not very good for 10-minute movie reviews. They build, so there is nothing exciting that happens in the first ten minutes. One thing that IS interesting is if you closed your eyes and just listened to the music in the first ten minutes, you would swear that you had just completed the entire film. That shit is intense!
There was so much musical crescendo and build-up in the first ten minutes that it made me desperate for some sort of comic relief. For instance, when they approach their destination (the mental hospital) after a very long trip by water, foot and jeep, with the music building and building, and the gates open, and they FINALLY arrive, I wanted nothing more than to see one super-fabulous, brightly dressed transvestite welcoming them by yelling, "Welcome to paradise boyzzzzz!" Sadly, this didn't happen. Instead, they were greeted by a lot of creepy crazies who love gardening. It's a soothing activity, you see, because you can focus on the weeds instead of the voices.
Anyhow, there is some suspenseful editing and shooting techniques and it looks gorgeous. I will keep watching, but I am assuming I'm going to be terrified, as I'm already afraid of ghosts, gardening, and crazy bitches. So I'm fucked. Maybe I'll actually stay awake.
JESS SLEEP METER
(Bri: Nope. Out like a light. At least she won't have nightmares, cuz nothing particularly scary has happened so far.)
FOLLOW-UP
What happened?